Essay about Systemic Questioning

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Interview Project: Interviewing Styles: Learning to Think Like a MFT
COUN 5220 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
February 19, 2012


Creating trust in the helping relationship is one of the fundamentals of family therapy. Not only must the family learn to trust the counselor, but also the counselor must trust that the family is there willingly to receive help and to learn how to set their own goals and access their own resources to achieve them. Rather than being a passive listening post, a counselor must strive to actively listen and must keep an active engaging mind to compare what each family member is revealing. Clients in turn use the process to try to make sense of their experience. Communication is key
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Differentiating between the two can be a challenge when asking questions to an individual opposed to a family. When creating the questions to ask my partner, my goal was to make them not too intrusive, since this would be the first real interaction between the two of us, but I wanted to ensure that my questions fit the criteria of both linear and systemic. During the interview process I wanted to ensure my partner was comfortable with asking the questions I drafted. I began the interview by telling her to please let me know if any of the questions were too intrusive or made her uncomfortable.
Interview Theme The main theme of the interview was one of reflection. The questions were designed to make my partner reflect on why she choose to enter into the MFT field and if her family influenced the decision.

Interviewer Role During this project we took on both the role of an interviewer and interviewee. As the interviewer, I was responsible for asking my partner 6-8 liner and systemic questions. I made sure to make my partner comfortable and respecting her if she decided that anything was too personal. Stance During the interview when the linear questions were being asked, I had to take the first-order cybernetics perspective; an observer. It was difficult for me not to ask additional questions during the first part of the interview when my partner answered the linear questions. During the closed ended questions, she simply answered “yes

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